Geoff Cottrell is an award-winning composer
He writes music for films, production music publishers, and takes on commissions for vocal, choral and concert music
The music I write covers a wide range of styles, from recorded production music – to complement TV, films, and advertising – to choral and instrumental concert music for performance. Previous commissions range from works for Warner Brothers’ music library,
I began my science career as an astronomer, using the radio telescopes at Cambridge University’s Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, to observe colliding galaxies. After a period working on fundamental low temperature condensed matter physics (investigating the contact electrification of solidified noble gases) at
Following my role as the Director of The Culham Plasma Physics International Summer School, I wrote and published two science books: Very Short Introductions to, respectively, Telescopes and Matter (published by Oxford University Press). The aim here was to provide
October Tango is a lovely piece for string quartet; light, but with a beautiful soaring and lilting melody as well as passion and drama. It has a wide range of possible applications from events, such as weddings or celebrations, to anRead more
‘Cottage Gardens’ is a recently released composition for string quartet, which is now available for purchase. A happy, light piece which is particularly suitable for intermediate players and is appropriate for weddings and events.Read more
This solo piano piece was written in the spring of 2020 in Oxford UK, during the “lockdown” period (i.e. confinement to home) associated with the the coronavirus pandemic. It is based on an earlier piece of mine (October Tango) whichRead more
Geoff Cottrell combines the two essential characteristics of a great film composer: an inexhaustible wellspring of melodic genius and a measured professionalism in delivering it on brief and on time.
Telescopes - A Very Short Introduction: Anyone with an interest in the night sky should welcome and enjoy this accessible introduction to telescopes - their history, how they work, and what they've revealed about our cosmos.